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10 Awsome Facts About Garden Bamboo Plants

Bamboos have features, structures and properties that are interesting to know, especially if you are a keen gardener. 

Some bamboo can grow to more than 10 metres high in the wild. There are over 10,000 known varieties of bamboo plants in the tropical jungles in Asia and the Pacific. 

The tropical bamboo plants can be found at Kew Garden Palm House in London.

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Facts About Garden Bamboo Plants

Bamboos are winter-hardy and evergreen all year round. They are great screening plants and many of them thrive in the UK, either as clump-forming (Fargesias) or running (Phyllostachys).

Here are 10 interesting facts about garden bamboo plants for a bamboo grower in the UK. 

  1. Evergreen all year round.
  2. Roots are difficult to remove.
  3. Grow well in pots and containers.
  4. Can withstand cold British winter.
  5. Splinters are sharp. Cuts can be nasty.
  6. Are invasive and need care and attention.
  7. Costs depend on the size and height and cost.
  8. Great sticks for staking plants in the garden or fencing.
  9. Are either running or clump-forming bamboo varieties.
  10. Suitable for garden d├ęcor and centrepiece, borders, fences and privacy screens.

If you want to find out how fast bamboos grow, here is an article that gives Answers to 10 Common Questions about Bamboo.

GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO [Kew Garden Palm House in London]

Bamboo Plants UK - running vs. clump-forming

Running bamboo 

The Phyllostachys bamboo plants have horizontal underground stems called rhizomes. 

These running bamboo plants are great for tall borders and screens and are becoming popular in recent years because of the spectacular colours of the stems.

This variety is invasive and needs close attention to stop it from spreading.

Clump-forming bamboo 

Fagesias are fantastic garden and pot plants. They are non-invasive plants compared to their cousins, the Running bamboo plants. The running bamboo plants have great stem colourations, whereas the clump-forming have dense foliage.

Fargesia robusta and Fargesia nitida are among the best umbrella bamboo for screening because they have dense foliage from top to bottom. 

Awesome Garden Bamboo Plants

The evergreen foliage of the garden bamboo plants is adorable all season. 

Its strong and hardy stems make for a strong fence. The sticks are fantastic for staking beans and sweet peas.

The bamboo plants, whether grown as privacy screens, hedges or used as staking sticks, are growing in popularity among gardeners and homeowners in the UK.

Check out GBP Blog's archive and YouTube Videos for tips and tricks to Grow Bamboo Plants in the UK.  It has an updated collection of articles on ALL-YOU-NEED-TO-GROW-BAMBOO plants.

Benefits of Bamboo Past, Present and Future

Bamboo products are increasingly becoming a viable alternative to plastic. Fast-growing and biodegradable, bamboo provides a source of sustainable products.

Benefits of Bamboo Past, Present and Future

Benefits of bamboo (past, present & future)

Bamboo is the biggest grass species which has over 1,500 species and varied cultivars. Some giant timber bamboo plants can reach heights of more than 20 metres.

One of the world's fastest-growing plants can grow up to 1.5 metres per day.

Historical benefits - (past)

In South East Asia and Oceania, bamboo plants are valuable, used in gardens, buildings and constructions and as a form of transportation.

Many traditional tribes still use them to make bows and arrows, combs, flutes and arts and crafts.

Also, some bamboo varieties are edible and a substantial food source for panda bears and humans.

Bamboo bathroom and home products - (present)

Bamboo products such as kid's cutleries, bowls, cups, straws and cutting boards are a few examples of alternatives to plastic products.

Bamboo has natural antibacterial qualities and fantastic material for everyday home products.

Toothbrushes are necessary for maintaining oral hygiene, but the amount of plastic waste generated is worrying.

According to estimates, over 1 billion toothbrushes with non-biodegradable plastic handles and bristles add to the environmental pollution this year.

Many people are using eco-friendly toothbrushes to reduce plastic waste. 

Bamboo toothbrushes are an excellent sustainable option.

Re-afforestation (future)

Bamboos are vital plants for afforestation because they can thrive in harsh environments, is fast-growing and tends to grow in large numbers.

They are also good substitutes for slow-growing trees.

10 Amazing Facts About Bamboo You Should Know

The evergreen hardy bamboo plants are becoming popular. Many people are concerned about the fast-growing nature of bamboo which is why they receive such a bad rap. 

They are amazing plants - here are 10 popular questions with answers about growing bamboo plants.

awesome facts about bamboo plants

Two types of bamboo plants in the UK

Firstly, two common types of bamboo plants grow in the UK, clump-forming bamboo and running bamboo. 

Each has more than 10 - 20 varieties that do well in British weather.

To know the bamboo that is suitable for you, you must know the different varieties of bamboo and their features, because one variety does not fit all.

Some bamboos are better suited to pots and containers, whereas the others are best for outdoors.

10 facts about growing bamboo plants

1. Q. How fast does bamboo grow?

  • A. Clump-forming bamboos tend to grow 30-60 cm (1 – 2 feet) taller each year.
  • A. Running bamboos grow 90cm to 2m (3 – 6 feet) taller each year. They mature in height in just one growth year.

Do you know: A certain bamboo variety is known to be the fastest-growing plant, according to the Guinness World Records, growing at up to 91 centimetres (35 inches) per day.

2. Q. How tall does bamboo grow?

  • A. Clump-forming Bamboo culms (stems) usually grow to 5m (15 feet) tall. These bamboo will grow and spread about the same distance.
  • A. New shoots of Running Bamboo plants grow 90cm to2 m taller each year until it reaches the maximum height (~2m).

Do you know: A new bamboo shoot can reach its full height in less than 3 months and survive for 5 to 10 years?

3. Q. How far do bamboo roots (rhizomes) spread?

  • A. Clump-forming bamboos: The rhizomes of clumping bamboos establish in 1 – 2 years. The new shoots are an indication of a well-established clump root system. The rhizomes can spread to 5 m around the parent plant.
  • A. Running bamboos: This is an invasive variety. Its rhizomes spread pretty quickly, they can grow more than a metre in a year.

4. Q. Which bamboo is best for screening?

  • A. The best bamboo for screening must be tall, grows lots of secondary branches, has dense evergreen foliage. It should, or at least, grow in both sun, part-shade and shade. Some varieties of Fargesia Murielae, also called the Umbrella Bamboos, are perfect for screening or for hedging.

5. Q. What kind of bamboo is best for the garden?

  • A. Clumping bamboo varieties are great garden plants, they spread more slowly and gradually. In the garden, they can be used as ornamental or patio pot plants. Fargesia Simba and Pleioblastus Distichus are the best for garden centrepieces.

6. Q. Is bamboo legal in the UK?

  • A. There are currently no restrictions on planting bamboo in the UK. The UK Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Updates 11 December 2014, now the Guidance to Invasive Non-native Plants) does not classify bamboo as an invasive species.

7. Q. Can bamboo grow in pots and containers?

A. You can grow both Running and Clumping bamboo plants in pots and containers. Their growth and duration are limited to the size of the pots and will require care or repotting after 3 – 5 years.

In-depth Answer: Here is an article we wrote about the Best Bamboos for Pots.

8. Q. Does bamboo grow in shade?

  • A. Although most varieties of running and clumping bamboos like sunlight, they can also grow in shades. Some varieties of clump-forming bamboo plants are best for partial and full shaded areas. When planting a variety of clump-forming plants to grow in the share, ensure that the soil is well-drained.

9. Q. How much water does bamboo need?

  • A. Old bamboo plants have natural water storage capacity through their hollow canes/culms and rhizomes (roots). Their deep roots and long canes will be able to store water and become drought resistant.
  • A. New bamboo will need water to grow until the roots and culms are well established. Water generously, but not too much water to avoid waterlogging. Lack of water or too much water can kill them.

10. When is the right time to prune bamboo plants?

  • A. Summer checks: In the Summer, the plants would have grown to full height, and the rhizomes have reached far and wide or packed in clumps. Prune the culms and rhizomes, but not an ideal time to grow or re-pot the bamboos they may not survive the cold in Winter.
  • A. Spring checks: In the early Spring, the new shoots are an indication of how far the plants have grown and how healthy they are. This gives you an ideal opportunity to prune, re-pot or dig out the intruding rhizomes and canes.